Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were denied their First Amendment rights and arrested for writing about the discrimination and mistreatment of inmates and unconstitutional detention of people using racial profiling based on their race or ethnicity.
Lacey and Larkin wrote a cover story for the Phoenix New Times discussing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s illegal discriminatory behavior. This publication led to the arrest of Lacey and Larkin violating their Constitutional Right of the “freedom of speech, or of the press…” Lacy and Larkin were later released with all charges dropped. however, the result was the Frontera Foundation protecting the Constitutional Rights of others.
A recent article discusses a particle case where a mentally ill United States Army Veteran Ernest “Marty” Atencio was shown in a video “to be noncombative in MCSO custody right before several officers swarm him, forming what Manning refers to in pleadings as a ‘dog pile'” resulting in his brutal death in 2011.
His death occurred while in Maricopa County Sheriff’s Fourth Avenue Jail. During booking and before the arrest, police officers clearly marked him as mentally-ill where the evidence pointed to the fact he was in a current “crisis” state, yet, did nothing. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
Instead he was brutally beaten, threatened, and abused using excessive force. After the brutal beating, Atencio was dropped i a “safe cell” where he stopped moving and breathing. Although CPR was peformed, he beating was fatal. Officers were shown in the video footage outside of Atencio’s cell joking, laughing, and dancing around while Atencio lay dying.
Sheriff Arpaio stated “People die in the jails” with a shrug. Several other individual’s have died while in jail under the care of Sheriff Arpaio. One such case was a 32-year old young man who was suffocated to death while one guard wrapped a towel around his head and the other guards stun gunned him repeatedly. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
In 1999, this case was settled with the family for $8.5 million. Another case was a diabetic mother who was denied her medication while she was in jail leading to her death. In 2012, her case was settled for $3.5 million.
The Washington Post reports an average dozen inmates die in jail every day and an estimated 4,400 die every year including suicides, but, not including executions. This abuse and neglect has led to the death of these inmates. CNN reported 1 in 10 prisoners experience sexual abuse while in prison.
The abuse of the Constitutional Rights of the inmates are violated, and, therefore, leading to death or further injuries making rehabilitation virtually impossible.
Lacey and Larkin are fighting for the people’s rights and work with many other organizations across the globe to see people treated fairly. And, for those who choose not to abide by the Constitution are properly held accountable.